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How to clean kitchen clothes?

Comment nettoyer une tenue de cuisine ?

Do you work in catering and the shooting in the kitchen has left its mark? The cleanliness of your kitchen clothing is essential for the image of your establishment. A neat professional kitchen jacket reflects the cleanliness of the restaurant and the quality of the dishes served. Whether for a clerk or a brigade leader, discover the different materials available for professional cook work clothing and how to easily clean it after service.

Choosing the right material for your kitchen outfit

Whether it is pants, a kitchen coat or even an apron, it is important to select materials that are easy to maintain and suitable for gastronomy professionals. Some chefs will look for comfort and others for functionality. Before discovering the tips on how to untie kitchen clothing, here are the main fabrics used in the manufacture of quality professional work clothing.

Professional kitchen jacket: the choice of materials

For cooks and restaurateurs, the blouse remains the main element of a kitchen outfit. Quality textiles are essential for working comfortably. It also offers better durability for professional work clothing that is sometimes put to the test behind the stove.

  • 100% cotton : timeless fabric, very comfortable and durable at the same time. Machine washable at high temperature, it is easy to maintain. Cotton canvas also represents a good protection against burns in the kitchen.
  • “Poly” : polyester, polycotton or composition associated with Lyocell, these textiles are often used for professional kitchen wear without compromise. They combine comfort, durability and ease of maintenance.
  • Tencel : This natural fiber provides excellent breathability. It regulates humidity and has anti-odor properties. A very good choice for chefs looking for a light and breathable kitchen coat.
  • Honeycomb textile : for cooks on the move. A professional kitchen jacket with breathable mesh inserts ensures great freedom of movement in daily activities.
  • Technical fabrics : technology on the menu for high-quality kitchen wear! Some blouses are equipped with a temperature-regulating “37.5” textile. There are also flame retardant fabrics.

How to take off a kitchen outfit?

If the stains on your pants or kitchen coat are not too embedded, you can first:

  • Rinse all stained parts of your clothing (sleeves, neckline, bib, etc.) in cold water.
  • Then rub the stain with Marseille soap to form a fine “crust” without rinsing it.
  • Leave it on for about 30 minutes, and soak your kitchen clothes in hot water. For greater effectiveness, add a little white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • After soaking for an hour, put your kitchen clothing in the machine following the manufacturer's recommendations.

If the Marseille soap recipe was not entirely effective, try it with a secret ingredient: Sommières soil!
It is a natural clay powder, which in addition to being ecological, is very effective for grease, oil or vinegar stains.

Last resort for the most stubborn dirt (stains of blood, sauce, wine, etc.) If the fabric of your professional kitchen clothing allows it, industrial washing represents a quick and effective solution.

Can you whiten kitchen clothes?

The answer is yes…but be careful with bleach! This product is known to whiten clothes, but your kitchen clothes may wear out very quickly. To gently whiten your professional kitchen jacket, natural solutions exist:

  • White vinegar : it again! Add a glass each time you machine wash your kitchen coat (place directly in the fabric softener compartment).
  • Lemon : After cutting it into quarters, be sure to wrap it in a cloth or sock by tying it, and place everything in the drum before starting the cycle.
  • Milk : Slightly longer, but more delicate process for maintaining your white kitchen jacket. Soak your work tunic in milk for several hours, adding soda crystals.

Professional work clothing, everyone has their own style!

All you have to do is choose your kitchen outfit according to your expectations and your culinary style! Modern short-sleeved kitchen jacket or elegant and simple chef's jacket? “Bistro” spirit or gourmet restaurant? Each A. Lafont professional kitchen outfit has been designed to provide comfort and performance to all chefs and food professionals.

Do you still have any doubts?

Your work outfit is the outfit you wear every day, you don't want to miss out! If you still have any doubts about how to maintain it, we have prepared a guide to guide you as much as possible in terms of maintenance. We have also listed the most frequently asked questions to make it quick and easy for you.